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History - BDIA


From the early gold digging and pioneering days, Ballarat, with its strong civic minded people, has now developed into one of Australia’s great elegant and prosperous provincial cities and regional centres.

Following are some of the stories of people, places, events, buildings and industry through Australian Irish eyes.

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In line with our Aims, we have several events planned this year and hope you can join us in celebrating our Australian Irish culture.

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Our Mission

Ballarat’s powerful and dynamic history is very much part of Australian history, with its stories of gold discovery, massive immigration, the diggers and life on the goldfields, Eureka Stockade and the stand for democracy, rapid urban and rural development, and finally the establishment of an elegant and prosperous city.

The contribution of Irish background to Ballarat’s social, cultural and industrial development is substantial and needs to be presented, celebrated, promoted and enjoyed.

The Ballarat and District Irish Association aims


  • To create the social interaction of people interested in Australian Irish culture
  • To foster the involvement and presentation of Australian/Irish music, dance, literature and poetry.
  • To support, facilitate and participate in special events and festivals.
  • To present and support cultural, heritage and history workshops/seminars.
  • To enhance the knowledge of and to encourage the development of a permanent record of the Australian Irish contribution to the development of the Ballarat region.
  • To assist interested members searching information concerning Irish/Australian ancestry and associated heritage.
  • To compile information concerning travel to Ireland as well as various locations throughout Victoria and Australia that have Australian Irish heritage and cultural significance.
  • To affiliate with complementary organisations – local, national and international.
  • To seek funding for relevant programs.
  • To organise a venue for regular meetings.
  • To consider the establishment of an Australian Irish Resource Centre.

Upcoming Ballarat & District Irish Association Events

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We use donated funds to hold events and run programs.


Latest News

A Day of Irish Family History Research in Ballarat - Saturday 10th February 2024
26 March 2024
 by Helen Bath

A Day of Irish Family History Research in Ballarat - Saturday 10th February 2024

Irish Family History hosted by the Ballarat & District Genealogical Society

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Eureka - Australia’s Greatest Story
9 February 2024

Eureka - Australia’s Greatest Story

The editors of this book boldly proclaim that Eureka is Australia's greatest story, having gathered together some of the country's finest historians to prosecute such a case.

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2024 Brigid Fest
9 February 2024
 by Helen Bath

2024 Brigid Fest

2024 Brigid Fest at the Iron Pavillion at Kirks Reservoir, Gong Gong.

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